Here’s sweet little star shaped motif that I’m going to call the “Grammy Star.” You only need three different colors for each star. Of course, you can work with however many sets of colors you want so it’s a great way to use up your smaller pieces and skein ends.
As I love to do, I’m using Peaches and Cream, 100% cotton yarn–because it comes in every color imaginable and because I love the natural soft feel of cotton.
With color A, ch 6, join with a sl st to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 2 for first hdc, 11 hdc in ring, sl st to top of beg ch. Fasten off.
Rnd 2: Join color B in any hdc. Draw up 1/2″ lp, yo, draw up lp, yo and through all lps on hook (beg puff st completed), ch 1, (yo and draw up a lp) twice in next st, yo and through all lps on hook (puff st completed), * ch 3, puff st in next hdc, ch 1, puff st in next hdc, rep from * around, ch 3, sl st to top of first puff st. Fasten off.
Rnd 3: Join color C in any ch-3 sp, ch 3 for first dc, (dc, tr, ch 3, tr, 2 dc) in same ch-3 sp, sc in next ch-1 sp, *(2 dc, tr, ch 3, tr, 2 dc) in next ch-3 sp, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * around, sl st to top of beg ch. Fasten off.
Shape your star by gently tugging at the star points.
Otherwise, it may just look more like a flower than a star. I do suppose it’s pretty either way.
My favorite thing is how they just fit so snugly together. I haven’t sewn my stars together yet, because I haven’t made up my mind about what these little stars are going to be when they grow up.
Three years ago, today–the world…well, my world at least, was covered over with bits of yarn and crochet projects in every room of the house. Some were for Christmas, some were for the new baby coming, and some were because there must be something on that silly hook–at. all. times. The project for this day, back then, was a pair of warm and toasty slippers for my Dane in Lithuania. It has always fascinated me how much warmth can be created from a piece of colored string.
Not too much is different these days–only the names have been changed to protect the innocent. There are bits of yarn everywhere–to be sure, and slowly progressing projects in every room–as always. Various hats and scarves for Christmas gifts, soap bags and Toddler Winter sets for the shop, and because I can’t help myself–there will be more slippers…big, huge ones this time, for the Bald Kid in Siberia–out of thick, bunchy wool, I think.
Soon enough, we’ll be nesting again and finding all the ways there are to keep a winter baby warm and snugly.
I think—quite certain, in fact, that it will involve a few balls of colored string.
Discovered these little lovelies on Pinterest a while back and after checking around a bit, I realized that they are actually all over the internet right now–everywhere you turn…
a sort of African Flower madness.
And no wonder–they are absolutely adorable–don’t you think? Imagine the possibilities!
And seriously, there’s something goose bumpy about watching those pretty hexes stack up. It just makes my heart pound a little faster. Kinda like that feeling you get when you’ve bottled eighty-five-thousand quarts of peaches and they are all lined up on the counter ready to make someone’s life incredibly…better.
Well, kinda like that.
I’m all about living proof that you’ve really done something worthwhile with your day. And since you could make a pillow, a tote bag, and even an afghan…
the African Flower Grammy Hex…
African Flower Crochet Hex
sl knot = slip knot
st = stitch
ss = slip stitch
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
Rnd = round
Beginning– ch 6, ss into first ch to make a ring.
Rnd 1 – ch 3, 1 dc, ch 1, *2 dc, ch 1, * repeat until you have six spaces and six 2dc. ss to the 3rd chain of the beginning round. Fasten off.
Rnd 2 – Change color: Starting in any space~ ch 5, 2 dc in same space, *ch 1, 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next space – repeat * 5 times, 1 dc and ss into the 3rd ch of the beginning round.
Rnd 3 – ch 3, 6 dc in the 2-ch space, ch 1, * 7 dc in next 2-ch space, ch 1, repeat * 5 times. ss the 3rd ch of the beginning round. Fasten off.
Rnd 4 – Change color: ch 1, sc around and make a long stitch down in round 2 between each flower petal. End with ss. Fasten off.
Rnd 5 – Attach next color yarn in any first stitches past the long stitch of previous row.
Ch 3, dc in next 3 stitches, ch 1, *dc 1 in the same st as last dc, dc in next 3, ch1 (skip long stitch of the previous round), dc in next 4, ch1, repeat 5 times, dc 1 in the same st as last dc, dc 3,ch1, ss to the 3rd ch from the beginning round. Fasten off.
[Note: ch1 in bold should be at the center of the flower petal, this is the corner of the hexagon]
Be brave my friends…
Note: I used Lily Sugar & Cream Cotton Yarn for this project. :}